Econintersect: Haudenosaunee (Six Nations of the Iroquis) Chief Owen Lyons (pictured below) is an eloquent spokeman for social responsibility with a number of excellent videos on YouTube. In the short four-minute presentation below he speaks directly to what economists call exogenous economic factors - factors that transcend the quarterly and annual profit and loss statements of corporations, for example.
At the core of Chief Lyons' thinking: There are no factors affecting the present and the future which are actually exogenous; it is rather that the framework of thinking or the model is too limited. Chief Lyons has many thought provoking moments accompanied by beautiful global images packed into four minutes. Here are two thoughts:
"You must have a moral society or you don't have anything."
"Every day you don't do what's right you are losing an option. And you are losing options every day."
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Before you dismiss any of what Chief Lyons has to say, remember this:
"It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." (Variously attributed to Mark Twain, Will Rogers, Charles Dudley Warner, Satchel Paige, Josh Billings and anon.)
Biographical sketch of Chief Lyons, 82, is available at Orion Magazine.
Hat tips Russell Huntley and Roger Erickson.